Indianapolis police officer found guilty in death of motorcyclist
November 07, 2013
An Indianapolis police officer who killed one motorcyclist and injured two others when he hit them with his patrol car while driving drunk in 2010 was found guilty on all charges by an Allen County, Ind., jury on Nov. 5.
The officer, David Bisard, will be sentenced on Nov. 26. He faces a minimum six years and maximum 20 years in prison on the most serious count, which was drunk driving causing death with a BAC .15%+. He was also found guilty of reckless homicide and other charges.
The case involved an Aug. 6, 2010 crash in Indianapolis in which Bisard rammed his patrol car into the back of two stopped motorcycles and narrowly missed a third, killing motorcyclist Eric Wells, 30, and critically injuring Kurt Weekly, 44, and his passenger, Mary Mills, 47.
Bisard, a canine officer, reportedly was responding to a request for help from other officers on a felony warrant when the 11:20 a.m. crash occurred. Officials said he had his emergency lights on and siren blaring at the time.
The motorcyclists were stopped in traffic at the intersection of 56th Street and Brendon Way South Drive when the crash occurred. Investigators believe Bisard was traveling at least 65 mph when he slammed on his brakes to try to avoid hitting the motorcyclists.